From: Sun City Texas Community Association
Date/Time: 1/15/2023 9:00 am
Subject: Fitness Communicator - Weekly News - Jan. 15, 2023

Fitness Communicator

January 15, 2023

Communicator Chit Chat
News and views from our fitness center staff…

Checking in for fitness classes - The Blue Arrow


When you are checking into a fitness class, and do not see what you are looking for, tap the BLUE arrow in the middle of the screen at the bottom. This is where other class tickets or personal training sessions might be “hiding,” or more class options.  

Water Shoes…

not for the outdoors


When outside trash is inadvertently tracked into the Fitness Center, our dependable housekeeping staff is quick to sweep it up. But when messy debris gets into our pools, the clean-up process is much more tedious. If you’re headed to an aqua group fitness class, the spas, or other pools, it’s best to wear street shoes to the fitness center and wait until just before you enter the pool to put on your water shoes. That one simple act will make a big difference in keeping our pools clean and sparkling!

Aqua Class Change at Cowan Creek


Aqua Boot Camp with Cherub


The 'Aqua Fitness' class at Cowan Creek on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – noon, will be changed to 'Aqua Boot Camp.'


Want a challenge? Need that belly to be flatter? Come join us for a total body workout focusing on your core. Bring your determination and a water bottle. Variations for each exercise are provided for all fitness levels. Are you ready for the challenge? Level 2 – 5

Children's Swim Hours

**Please remember the water weights and kickboards are not swim toys and are not allowed to be used by children during children’s swim.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Oct. 1- March 31, Ages 4-15

Kids swim hours are daily from 1- 3 p.m.

Indoor pools only:

•The Texas Drive Lap Pool (open area only) 

•The Cowan Creek Aerobic Pool

(Lane 4 and Lane 3 if needed) 

•No kids swim at The Retreat during this time


No one allowed under the age of 4. Please visit the website under Fitness Policies for the detailed list of the pool rules.


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Policies and Procedures >>


What's for dinner?


Chili Lime Edamame


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Delicious Danger? A Research Update on Artificial Sweeteners - How Sweet Are They?


Except for sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners are high intensity because they are sweeter than table sugar (sucrose).



Has more than 2% of the calories contained in an equivalent amount of sugar.


• aspartame (Equal®, and Sugar Twin®), about 200 times sweeter than table sugar



Have less than 2% of the calories contained in an equivalent amount of sugar.


• acesulfame-K (Sunett® and Sweet One®), 200 times sweeter than table sugar

• saccharin (Sweet’N Low® and Necta Sweet®), 200–700 times sweeter

• sucralose (Splenda®), about 600 times sweeter

• stevia (plant-based), 200–400 times sweeter

• neotame (Newtame®), about 7,000–13,000 times sweeter



25%–100% as sweet as sugar


• sorbitol

• xylitol


Sources: FDA 2014; FDA 2018.


Obesity: An Unexpected Aftermath


Ironically, despite the common belief that using artificial sweeteners as a substitute for glucose (sugar) helps to control body weight, a cohort study of over 1,400 participants linked increases in body mass index and waist circumference to AS consumption (Chia et al. 2016). Many participants in AS studies tended to overcompensate by eating more food. In fact, if people were aware that their diets contained AS, their caloric intake was higher than that of control group members.


The connection between obesity and AS intake is believed to be related to the separation of caloric intake from sweet taste, which may stimulate appetite, causing higher food consumption. Higher caloric intake deregulates energy homeostasis (Malik, Schulze & Hu 2006).


Potential mechanisms causing weight gain in AS consumers include a stronger preference for sweet taste, imbalances in intestinal microflora and stimulation of fat-tissue growth. Also, intake of AS-containing diet beverages together with sugar-containing foods modifies insulin production and gastric emptying. This process causes sugar to be absorbed faster, stimulating appetite and weight gain (Romo-Romo et al. 2017). Besides, sweetened beverages are less satiating than solid food, and consumption of artificially sweetened beverages has grown exponentially (Mattes & Popkin 2009).


Furthermore, AS activate the incretins, glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) and gastric inhibitory peptide (GIP)—several hormones that increase insulin production, in turn stimulating feelings of hunger (Egan & Margolskee 2008).


Thank you, Kathy Carver, Group Fitness Coordinator, for sharing this.

Class Schedules

Texas Drive

JAN/FEB Schedule >>

Cowan Creek

JAN/FEB Schedule >>

Featured Fitness Class of the Week


Groove Dance

Thursdays, 9:15-10 a.m.

Cowan Creek

With Valerie


An innovative dance-fitness class that begins with basic movement or rhythm concept infused with your own creative style. You don’t need experience to Groove, you cannot get it wrong. Level 2 – 5  



Allison Worley, Personal Trainer


If you need a simple method to help you lose weight, regain your fitness, or push through a plateau, the best advice is to simply move more than you do now. You don’t need to make a huge effort to be better, you just need to do more than you do now. If you’re starting from scratch or a seasoned athlete looking to improve, you can benefit from moving more. In health and fitness, there is no perfection – only progress. But you have to be moving to make progress.


Being totally honest with yourself here…how many hours a day do you spend sitting? Computer time, TV, reading, eating, driving, crafts, card games, socializing, waiting in your golf cart etc. If you’re honest with yourself, it’s probably more hours than you realize. Breaking up your sedentary time with some movement, any movement, is going to make you fitter, healthier and slimmer than you are now.


If you exercise most days, you might think this doesn’t apply to you. It does. We place a lot of emphasis on commitment to a regular exercise routine – walking, weight sessions in the gym, exercise classes, sports activities, etc. and those workouts are necessary to push your cardiovascular system, but they make up just one part of your fitness routine. You still need to move more though the rest of the day. 30-60 minutes of exercise doesn’t counteract the effects of sitting for the rest of the day.


Here’s some facts for you…

• Global studies show that we sit, on average, for 7.7 hours per day.

• Sitting in any fixed position for more than 20 minutes starts to inhibit your metabolism. A slow metabolism burns less calories.

• Simply being upright for 1 extra hour each day for a year, can burn up to 10,000 extra calories. That’s nearly 3 pounds of fat.


In our technologically advanced world, it’s easy to be sedentary – even if we exercise every day. We have to find ways to move more, to be active rather than idle. Suggestions to park further away from the store or to take the stairs are old – but still very valid. Walk around a store instead of shopping online. If you’re committed to a morning workout, add a walk later in the day, or try an afternoon/evening exercise class. Get up out of your chair more often and move around. Perform body weight squats at the kitchen sink or push-ups against the wall. Be upright and bear your own body weight more. Quite simply – you have to move more. These overlooked movement opportunities are like micro-workouts, and they can literally save your life.


Micro-workouts can’t replace a regular exercise routine, but they can get you started moving more. They are progress. Including more micro-workouts on a consistent basis throughout your day will boost your metabolism, keep your muscles engaged, and get your heart pumping blood and oxygen through your body and brain. You might not notice how much micro-workouts accumulate to help you stay trimmer and stronger, but you will start to feel how much fitter you are performing your daily activities, regular workouts and sports.

From the current personal training staff: 

John Rutan, Allison Worley, Michelle Dwyer, Brendi Middleton, Mike Stuchl, Byron Goff, Judy Baier, Bob Mitchell, Lenny Jones, Sherita McQueen and Bill Norton. 


Questions about personal training? Visit our website or email John Rutan at [email protected]

Massage Therapy at Cowan Creek

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New Resident Fitness Orientation


If you are new to Sun City and need to complete your fitness center orientation, email Leslie McCoy at [email protected] to schedule your appointment.

Looking for Fitness Videos? Check out our collection here>>
As with all exercise programs, when using our exercise videos or other fitness information from our website, Facebook page or other SCTXCA social media source, please use common sense. To reduce and avoid injury, please check with your doctor before beginning any fitness program or performing any fitness activity. By performing any fitness exercises, you are performing them at your own risk. Do not start any fitness program without consulting your physician or health care provider. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately. SCTXCA and its agents will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm sustained as a result of any fitness program, online fitness videos or information shared on our website or other social media. This includes emails, videos and text. Thank you for understanding and stay safe!


Videos and More!


Check us out and "Like" us on the Sun City Fitness Facebook page for exercise, videos and nutrition tips.


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Price Increases


Group fitness, personal training and massages will have an increase in fees starting January 1, 2023. The 2023 CA Budget and Fee Schedule was presented at the November 3 workshop and the Board unanimously approved the budget and related schedules at the November 17 Board Meeting. 


Group Fitness Class Tickets

1 ticket - $5

15 tickets - $55.05

30 tickets - $100.20

All Access pass - $65/month


Personal Training

30 minutes - $40

1 hour - $55

Five 30-minute sessions - $140

Five 1-hour sessions - $240



30 minutes - $45

60 minutes - $70

90 minutes - $95


Reminder that all class tickets and training sessions expire a year from purchase. 

Contact Us


Michelle Mason

Fitness Director


[email protected]


Beth White

Fitness Manager


[email protected]


Kathy Carver

Group Fitness Coordinator


[email protected]


John Rutan

Personal Training Coordinator


[email protected]


Dick Jenkins

Fitness Operations Supervisor


[email protected]

Fitness Centers

Weekly Attendance


Your attendance record is important in planning for space, budgeting, equipment and programming. Below are the numbers of residents who logged in Dec. 31, 2022 - Jan. 6, 2023.


Texas Drive – 3,562

Cowan Creek – 2,413

The Retreat - 576


Visit the Fitness website>>

Call our Fitness Information Lines:
Texas Drive 512-948-7750 • Cowan Creek 512-948-7780 • The Retreat 512-948-7763
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